The Switch by Beth O’Leary is a fun and interesting audiobook to listen to. The story is endearing with its multigenerational cast of characters who have a host of quirky personalities. As well, both narrators are engaging to listen to and really bring the story to life.Title: The Switch
Author: Beth O'Leary
Narrator: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Alison Steadman
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen's house for some long-overdue rest.
Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She'd like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn't offer many eligible gentlemen.
So they decide to try a two-month swap.
Eileen will live in London and look for love. She’ll take Leena’s flat, and learn all about casual dating, swiping right, and city neighbors. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire: Eileen’s sweet cottage and garden, her idyllic, quiet village, and her little neighborhood projects.
But stepping into one another's shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected. Will swapping lives help Eileen and Leena find themselves…and maybe even find true love? In Beth O'Leary's The Switch, it's never too late to change everything....or to find yourself.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Audiobook Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary
I have really been in the mood for some lighthearted reading right now and The Switch really fits the bill. While there are some issues that both Leena and Eileen are struggling with, there are so many warm and humorous aspects to the story that make this book really enjoyable. It is hard to pick a favourite, but hearing about Eileen’s experiences online dating are laugh-out-loud at times.
❀ Eileen is a favourite
Eileen is definitely a favourite character in the book as she quickly adapts to city life in her granddaughter’s apartment. The way she inspires the people in the building to come together and create a common space for gathering is admirable. She is a down-to-earth woman who seems to help everyone, even if it is sometimes a bit meddlesome.
❀ Well-narrated audiobook
The narration of this audiobook is also quite well-done. Having two narrators to give the perspectives of Leena and Eileen really gives depth to the characters. If you are familiar with the actresses, Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) and Alison Steadman (Pride and Prejudice, Orphan Black), you are in for a real treat. Alison Steadman brings so much life to Eileen’s character and I couldn’t imagine reading this book any other way.
❀ Enjoyable contemporary romance
Fans of contemporary romance and multigenerational stories will really enjoy The Switch by Beth O’Leary. It is a heartfelt story that will bring out lots of emotions. I highly recommend this well-narrated audiobook.